DALLAS -- Investigators obtained a warrant last week to search a former Kaufman County justice of the peace's home based on suspicion that he accessed the internet using county usernames and access codes without permission.
County officials on Tuesday released the warrant that investigators served at Eric Williams' Kaufman home on Friday. It was signed by a state district judge at 1:05 p.m., about two hours before authorities entered the residence at 1600 Overlook Drive.
An inventory detailing what was found inside the homes of Williams and his nearby in-laws remains sealed. However, the warrant says investigators had probable cause that they'd find evidence concerning the murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and his top prosecutor Mark Hasse.
The McLellands were found murdered in their Forney home on March 31. Hasse was gunned down on his way into the Kaufman County Courthouse on the morning of Jan. 31.
McLelland, 63, and Hasse, 57, prosecuted Williams in March of 2012 on charges that he stole three computer monitors from the county's IT department when he served as a justice of the peace. After the conviction, Williams, 46, lost his law license.
During the trial, Hasse decried Williams as a crooked official and a thief, pushing the jury to sentence him to the maximum punishment of two years in prison. Williams is appealing the conviction.
He has not been charged in the murders, but has emerged as a person of interest.Williams, 46, has vigorously denied playing a role in the slayings. His New Braunfels-based attorney David Sergi resigned over the weekend. Before resigning, the lawyer issued the below statement on behalf of his former client:
Eric simply does not want any more comments to feed a media frenzy which seems to have overtaken him. As mentioned in the press release, he has cooperated with law enforcement and vigorously denies any and all allegations. He wishes simply to get on with his life and hopes that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Investigators are awaiting ballistics testing on weapons found in a Seagoville storage locker that authorities say was rented on his behalf. Currently, Williams is in being held in the Kaufman County Jail on $3 million bond. He's charged with making a terroristic threat; authorities linked Williams to an anonymous email threatening more violence after the McLellands were found killed, according to an arrest warrant made public Monday.
County Judge Bruce Wood said he expects charges to be filed in the murders later this week. He said he looks forward to bringing it to a beginning of a close.
I mean, we still will have a trial and all those things to contend with, obviously, he said. My belief is that they are making sure all the I's are dotted and T's are crossed before a case is filed. They want to make sure they have ever loose end tied up.
According to the search warrant, investigators suspected they would find evidence related to the murders and to an abuse of official power, a violation that involves a public servant using his or her office to benefit, harm or defraud another person.
Says the warrant, the suspicion is concerning misuse of Kaufman County usernames and access codes to access internet services.